BoomTown – which describes itself as a pop-up city where the impossible is possible and the abnormal normal – is reopening its gates for a sixth year and planning to surpass all previous appearances.
Setting itself apart from other festivals, it is loosely based on an urban theme, though it is still very much outdoors – the wilds of Winchester, to be precise.
BoomTown covers many musical genres with a policy of, ‘Anything too serious or downbeat is out!’ The ‘town’ comprises nine distinct districts that revolve around the Heart of the City before branching out into suburbia, each one bringing with it a unique theme and musical flavour to cater for all tastes. Situated centrally are OldTown (Pirates, Balkan & Gypsy), TrenchTown (Reggae and Dub), Mayfair Avenue (Electro Swing and Glamour), Wild West (Bluegrass and Cowboys), Whistlers Green (Folk and World Music), and KidzTown with PG rated musicians, workshops, and a wide array of interactive games.
Beyond this, The Outskirts concern themselves with other genres: Barrio Loco (Breaks and Bass), DownTown District (Drum & Bass and Jungle) and ChinaTown (Ska and Punk).
The festival claims to be fiercely independent and is entirely sponsorship free with any profit funnelled directly into new ideas for the next Fair, invested into art projects, or allocated to our chosen charities.
2014 headliners include The Cat Empire, NOFX, Jimmy Cliff, The Wailers and Shaggy.
For the full line up, tickets and other info see the BoomTown website.